Reporter - DDC

DeKalb, IL

Reporter sought at small daily that thinks big!

The Daily Chronicle, a six six-day-a-week newspaper with a broad digital audience that covers DeKalb and beyond seeks a reporter to join our team as we forge ahead with the practice of 21st-century journalism.

The Daily Chronicle is an award-winning newspaper owned by Shaw Media that serves its community and strives to exceed expectations. Our focus is on providing the public with relevant, vital news coverage that will turn casual consumers into dedicated online subscribers.   

DeKalb County is about an hour west of Chicago. Its largest city, DeKalb, is home to Northern Illinois University, a Division I research university with about 17,000 students.

We're seeking a person who understands what interests our online and mobile audiences have, and can develop relationships with sources both in person and through social media channels. This reporter will be comfortable if they are asked to shoot video or still photos from a scene, and also will understand and embrace the idea that newspapers are part of the 24-hour news cycle, and that immediacy is important to our online audience. 

This is a great place to hone reporting skills investigating local and statewide issues, and help make a difference in a great Illinois community. Our newsroom has a good mix of young and enthusiastic people along with experienced editors who know the area and its people.

About This Opportunity:
The ideal applicant will be willing to take on a broad range of assignments, from spot news and government meeting coverage to features, and must tell stories that show readers how the events and people portrayed are relevant to their lives. Our reporters are expected to generate their own story ideas as well as take assignments from the news editor.

At least a year of professional experience preferred, but those with outstanding internship experience are encouraged to apply. Solid knowledge of AP Style and grammar required, as is the ability to write clear, concise copy. Must have a valid drivers license, dependable transportation and proof of insurance. Experience with the Web and multimedia is a plus.

About Shaw Media:
Shaw Media publishes over 150 titles in Illinois and Iowa. Its holdings include websites, newspapers, magazines, Pro Football Weekly, a video production unit and a digital marketing services division. Founded in Dixon, Illinois, Shaw Media has been privately owned by the Shaw family since its inception in 1851.

Enjoy the Rewards of Working Among the Best:
In return for your contributions to our success, Shaw Media offers a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision and 401(k) with company match.

Apply Today!

Ours is a company with ambitious goals and an eye to the future. If you’d like to join us, please apply. Forward a cover letter, along with your resume and 3-5 samples of your best work, to: 

Apply Now! (located below)

Or mail it to us at:
Shaw Media - Reporter DeKalb
PO Box 250
Crystal Lake, IL 60039

Shaw Media is a Drug-Free Employer. Pre-employment background check and drug screen required. 
This posting may not include all duties of the position. 


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